We started this week’s show off by reviewing how we, as writers and publishers, have improved in the 25 weeks we’ve been doing this podcast. We all seemed to feel that we’ve gotten better, faster, and generally more efficient and effective, but we couldn’t say how. Love that specificity. But Sean did have one announcement:
Tucker Max is going to be on the show
You may know Tucker Max as the asshole who wrote I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, among other popular titles that all make him look like an asshole. I asked Sean, who enticed Tucker to come on in a few weeks via a plot that surely involved rohypnol, if Tucker was an asshole in person, and he said, “Oh yeah, he’s a total cock.” So of course we decided we had to have him on when we talk about dealing with haters. So stay tuned.
(NOTE: I hadn’t been to Tucker’s site before writing this, and now I see that his site begins with the line “My name is Tucker Max, and I am an asshole.” The circle is complete.)
We then answered questions from Kevin about how to publish a book in the UK and make it available everywhere (just publish it in the UK store and check the right boxes), from Gareth about writing tools we like (Scrivener is our baby, but there were a few other tips on this one), and from Tom about why you can’t set your price below $0.99 on Amazon now (to our knowledge, it’s always been that way). Then we had margaritas.
A long discussion on our writing processes
A large part of the fodder for this discussion was this post I wrote, called “From Idea to Publication on Kindle in 29 Days,” so you might want to read it and/or follow along. (Even DAVE said it was good!)
But anyway, we spent the last half of the show talking about how we outline our work, write first drafts, edit our own stuff, send it out to beta readers and/or editors, and generally how we work.
A huge part of this discussion was devoted to Sean beating the shit out of me for not using an outside editor, most recently on my new book Fat Vampire. I had the impossible task of defending myself without looking like some sort of an assbag elitist, but I still don’t want to use an editor even though I can’t defend the decision. I really had no way to win here, so you’ll enjoy this section if you like carnage.
To view the video version of this episode, go to: Self Publishing Podcast #25 – Writing Processes that Will Make You a Better Writer